Mary Rita Catanzarite (nee Mansour), 92, died peacefully on August 11, 2020. Mary is survived by her son Patrick (Jodi), her grandchildren Caroline, Dominic, and John of Worthington, OH. In addition to her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, Mary is survived by her brother Albert Mansour, Sr. and sister Sandra Mansour, both of Youngstown, and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Patsy Catanzarite, her parents, Nasif and Victoria Mansour of Youngstown, and siblings Clara Cervone, Sarah Kovall, Geroge Mansour, Sr., Edward Mansour, Sr., Eugene Mansour, and Shirley Cutrer.
Mary, designated by family and friends as “the hostess with the mostest,” regularly hosted holiday dinners or other celebrations, and her home was always open to her son’s friends, nieces, and nephews who regularly congregated there. She was so welcoming, quick to laugh, and always joined in the fun. Mary’s talent as a cook, enjoyed by anyone who visited her home, was rivaled only by her gift as a baker. Everyone loved her homemade pizza, Lebanese bread, cookies, and cakes, and her contributions to cookie tables at family weddings were legendary. Mary’s generosity and love for her family knew no bounds.
Mary’s son and his family were her pride and joy. She took delight in doing anything she could to make their visits home special. Of equal importance was her devotion to the church. She was a devout Catholic and lifetime member of St. Columba Cathedral, where she served for many years as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and church council member.
Mary and her husband Patsy enjoyed dining out, dancing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. In addition to her role as a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker, Mary worked for the United Steelworkers Union from 1962 - 1987, where she was a deft and meticulous secretary. Mary will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
A private family viewing will be held Monday August 17, 2020 from 5-7pm at Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home, 292 Madison Avenue, Youngstown, OH, and a Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Columba Cathedral at 10:00am Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The funeral Mass will be open to all family and friends. Attendees are kindly asked to abide by all CDC and State mandated social distancing and personal protective requirements for their safety as well as that of the family during services.
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